It's hard for me to review this book properly right now, because even though I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, it ends with a lot of unanswered questions AND a tentative HFN.
I need to know what direction the sequel will take first (and there better be a sequel!), before I finally make up my mind.
Because one of my most loathed pet peeves reared its ugly head at the end:
a fucking love triangle
So it could go either way at this point.
"One thing that they don't tell you is that fires can't burn bright forever."
All the reviews for this book are like "OMG, I'm a blubbering mess." and "OMG, don't read any spoilers.".
So yeah, you REALLY shouldn't read any spoilers and just go along for the ride.
But there are two things that I just want to point out anyway:
1. TJ Klune has always been a great writer, but he outdid himself with this one. The writing quality is excellent, and given the heaviness of the story, it was beautiful, tasteful and one of the best-written books I've ever read.
2. Since everyone is recommending to avoid spoilers at any costs and go in blindly, I still feel like this book could have used a trigger warning, given the main target of M/M readers:
READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!
Trigger warning: abduction of a family member, with no final conclusion or explanation to the disappearance or the whereabouts
So while a romance this is NOT, the writing and the revelation of bits of information a little at a time totally worked for me. This has been one of the darkest and most depressing books I've ever read. But I'm glad that I did, because not everything in life is just rainbows, kittens and sunshine.
Oh, and just to be clear: there's a tentative HFN, so this can still be considered as a romance. Though just barely.
Thanks to Elsbeth and Cinna MMon for the BR.
"How the heck had Maps gotten lucky enough to meet a person as amazing as Lane? There were seven billion people in the world, and somehow, the most thoughtful one found his way right next door. The universe must've been looking out for him. He was so darn lucky."
THIS! This is why I just simply ADORE Maps. I know that he can be extremely annoying sometimes with his overconfidence and his diva attitude, but when it comes to his boyfriend Lane (or his friends Benji and Perry), he's just an ordinary boy in love with a big heart.
Just like the previous two installments, this was also another short, well-written and hilariously funny read that put more than one big smile on my face.
But please, PLEASE Ms. Nash, can we get more than just one little kiss the next time, YA or not? I mean these guys are 18-year-olds, where's the horniness and the hormones?
And while we're on it, can we get a Benji & Perry spin-off too?